I.C. v. Polk County School District et al

Middle District of Florida, flmd-8:2017-cv-00787

ORDER granting {{76}} Motion to Seal. See order for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone on 11/3/2017. (BEE)

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PageID 445 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION SUZANNE RIHA, ex rel., I.C., Plaintiff, v. Case No.: 8:17-cv-787-T-33AAS FOLK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, et al., Defendants. ______________________________________/ ORDER Before the Court is Defendant's Unopposed Motion to Seal (Doc. 76). Plaintiff, a minor, filed an Unopposed Motion to Reopen Case and Petition for Approval of Settlement of a Minor's Claim, which is set for hearing on November 6, 2017. (Docs. 72, 74). The undersigned directed that the Settlement Agreement at issue be filed so that it can be considered as part of the record in this matter. (Docs. 74, 75). Defendant now seeks to file the Settlement Agreement under seal. (Doc. 76). The public possesses a common-law right to access to judicial records. In re Alexander Grant & Co. Litig., 820 F.2d 352, 355 (11th Cir. 1987). Nevertheless, the public's right of access to judicial records in this context "may be overcome by a showing of good cause." Romero v. Drummond Co., 480 F.3d 1234, 1245 (11th Cir. 2007). Here, Plaintiff is a minor child. Actions brought on behalf of minor children keep personal information private, especially when it bears no relation to the events in the lawsuit. See Breedlove v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., No. 6:11- CV-991-ORL-28, 2013 WL 1935251, at *2 (M.D. Fla. May 9, 2013). This need to maintain the privacy of minors is a valid concern which is recognized in Local Rule 1.09(a). Id. 1 PageID 446 The Court finds that Defendant has satisfied the good cause requirement and there is a compelling interest in protecting the information and the sealing of this document is tailored to that interest. Accordingly and upon consideration, it is ORDERED that Defendant's Unopposed Motion to Seal (Doc. 76) is GRANTED. Defendant is directed to email the fully executed settlement agreement to the undersigned at: chambers_flmd_Sansone@flmd.uscourts.gov. The Court will forward the document to the Clerk, who shall place it under seal. DONE AND ORDERED in Tampa, Florida on this 3rd day of November, 2017. 2